Truck crash closes Hoosier Pass |

Truck crash closes Hoosier Pass


SUMMIT COUNTY – A truck carrying landscaping boulders rolled and blocked the highway below Hoosier Pass Tuesday.According to Colorado State Patrol Trooper Lloyd Smith, the Baxter Transportation truck out of Colorado Springs was headed northbound on Highway 9 when the accident occurred at near mile 80 at about 3:30 p.m. The truck ended up on its right side after crashing in an S-turn, with the flatbed spilling 41,000 pounds of boulders on the road.Smith said the driver was able to kick out the windshield of the truck and escape; he received minor injuries and refused medical care from Summit County Ambulance.The driver, whom Smith did not identify, claimed the brakes on his truck failed. Smith said this failure “could not be substantiated during the investigation,” however. The driver was cited for losing control.The rock-strewn highway required the assistance of the Colorado Department of Transportation, Ron’s Texaco and Stan Miller Excavating. With three wreckers, a front end loader and CDOT employees directing traffic, the highway was reopened within an hour.

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